Beverly Hills City Council Candidate Robin Rowe

Beverly Hills City Council Candidate Robin Rowe

Robin Rowe for Beverly Hills City Council

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No Donations, No Endorsements

Nobody gives money to a politician without expecting something in return. Nobody gives an endorsement to a politician without expecting something in return.

Long before he ran for president, Donald Trump was known for giving money to political candidates of both parties, when running against each other in the same election, to gain undue influence no matter which candidate won. There’s no law against it.

When the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce PAC endorses a candidate, they are endorsing who they expect will be their future sponsor. The Beverly Hills City Council funds the Chamber of Commerce. My opponent has been so endorsed.

When the firefighter’s union or the police union endorse a candidate, they are endorsing who will be negotiating their next contract pay increase. Beverly Hills police officers make $250k to $400k per year. Maybe they’re worth it, but it seems a conflict of interest when the politician they endorsed is who will determine their next pay raise. My opponent has been so endorsed.

After candidates accept campaign donations from luxury real estate developers, are we surprised that the City Council, and the Planning Commission appointed by the City Council, vigorously oppose building affordable housing that would compete with their backers?

Because I represent The People, and not Special Interests or cronies, I don’t accept donations and don’t seek endorsements.

Why No FPPC Number

When candidates advertise, they are required by the FPPC, the agency responsible for the enforcement of the Political Reform Act, to state Paid for by… in the ad so voters know who paid for it. Politicians who have an FPPC number are also required to display their FPPC number with their ads.

The purpose of the FPPC number is to track the candidate’s campaign back account and committee members who have fiduciary responsibility. When Candidates register with the FPPC to run for office, each candidate has the option to pledge to spend less than $2,000. Any candidate who does so is not assigned an FPPC number. If a candidate later goes over $2,000, the candidate must update their registration and will be assigned a number, but until then, no FPPC number.

Why Some Politicians Spend a Lot Trying to Get Elected

Beverly Hills has historically been one of the most expensive local election in the country, considering it is a town of only 22,000 voters.

Candidates running for Beverly Hills City Council have a funding limit of over $100k, which was recently increased to candidates may spend even more. Note that the position of City Council member pays less than $10k per year, is below the poverty line. So why do many candidates spend so much on their campaigns? A potential attraction of the job is being able to direct a part of the City’s $626 million annual budget to backers and cronies. It’s patronage.

Any Hollywood actor knows that sending glossy headshots through the mail is expensive. So is running campaign ads on television. When we got a mailer from a candidate, maybe many of them, we should ask where the money came from, and what favors whoever backed them is expecting in return after the election.

B.S. bureaucrats are lying when they say that they will listen to voters after being elected. They can’t, because they must keep listen first to their patrons to keep get the money to buy their next election.